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    • Wuerffel’s The Class Of The ’13 HOF Class

      News reached Danny Wuerffel a couple of weeks ago that he had been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. It could have been easy for Danny to take it in stride, almost expect the honor. After all, the former University of Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner who led the Gators to their first national championship that season, is regarded as one of the best players in SEC history.
    • Holloway Trades Sneakers For Cleats

      Murphy Holloway was feeling good a few weeks ago. The Ole Miss senior basketball star had just played in the Portsmouth Invitational, a college career showcase for NBA scouts.
    • Same Name, Same Game For E.T. Times Two

      Elston Turner, Sr., won’t be front and center in Tad Smith Coliseum tonight when Texas A&M plays at Ole Miss.But the former first-team All-SEC honoree for the Rebels, the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer, will be there in spirit. . .and in namesake, with a high-arching sweet jumper.
    • How Does SEC Football Get More Amazing?

      The Commish – that’s what I call SEC commissioner Mike Slive – stood on the confetti-covered Georgia Dome field near the 50-yard line – last Saturday night. He was surveying the post-league championship game scene when we spotted each other.
    • Transfer Worked Wonders for Donnelly

      The premise, more than two decades later, is still so remarkable that even Chris Donnelly can’t tell the entire story to strangers.
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  • 5/14/2012
    The Best Year Ever?
    If you're not a fan of the SEC, you may not want to read this column. It will make you nauseous. Wait a minute! If you’re not a SEC fan, what are you doing on this website reading my column? Are you lost?  Full Story
  • 5/4/2012
    The 164th Time is a Charm for Dufner
    There are some of us on this planet who believe that things, both good and bad, happen for a reason. Divine intervention? Maybe.  Full Story
  • 4/30/2012
    NFL Draft Turns Into SEC Media Days
    Ninety minutes before the start of the three-day NFL draft, and I’m totally into my pre-event mode in Radio City Music Hall last Thursday night. I’ve covered about 25 men’s Final Fours, four women’s Final Fours, three Summer Olympics, the NBA Finals, two NBA all-star games, the NBA draft, the NBA playoffs, three Super Bowls, probably 50 bowl games, eight BCS national championships, every SEC football championship game, all but two SEC men’s basketball tournaments and a Heisman Trophy presentation. So here I am at my first NFL draft, deep in thought, when I hear a voice to my right.  Full Story
  • 4/23/2012
    Herschel Never Stops Running
    Former Georgia Heisman Trophy-running back Herschel Walker turned 50 years old on March 2. Makes you feel old, doesn’t it? It doesn’t make Herschel feel old. The man that many people consider the greatest football player in Southeastern Conference history – “I don’t think you can ever say who’s the greatest,” says Herschel – still a rockhard 6-1, 225, who looks like he could carry the ball 30 times a game.  Full Story
  • 4/12/2012
    McClain Reached for Stars with Feet on the Ground
    Katrina McClain’s dream as a child was to be in a court, not on a court.  Full Story
  • 3/29/2012
    Tennessee country boy Delk forever a Kentucky blueblood
    Tony Delk was never built like a pit bull, but he played like one.  Full Story
  • 3/14/2012
    Once A Sharp Shooter, Thurman Now Enjoys Assists
    Scotty Thurman lived the dream of hitting the game-winning shot in the biggest college basketball game on the planet. “No time to think, shot clock running down, it felt good when I shot it,” says Scotty of the rainbow 22-foot three-pointer with 51 seconds left that broke a 70-70 tie with Duke and gave the Hogs an eventual 76-72 victory in the 1994 NCAA finals in Charlotte, N.C. Then, he lived through the nightmare of having his NBA dreams erased in a blink, cut after five preseason games, never to get another shot at the league.   Full Story
  • 3/7/2012
    Top Kat Kyle Made UK Hoops A Macy's Day Parade
    If somebody asked me to pick the best basketball player in the University of Kentucky’s stored history, the first thing I’d do besides buy a big bottle of Advil is to ponder the consistent characteristics of the best UK players over the years. Kentucky’s stars haven’t necessarily been the biggest, the fastest and the strongest, even though Wildcats’ greats from every decade since Ralph Beard was UK’s first Associated Press first-team all-American in 1948 could easily fit in those categories.   Full Story
  • 2/28/2012
    Johnny Comes Marching Home
    Johnny Neumann stood in the tunnel leading to the Tad Smith Coliseum basketball court last Saturday, feeling a tinge of nervousness. Waiting to be introduced to the crowd during a time out at the Rebels-LSU game, Johnny, now 61, was on the spot where he hadn’t stood in 42 years.  Full Story
  • 2/21/2012
    When Pistol Was Poppin', College Hoops Was Hoppin'
    In my home office here in Memphis, surrounded by my library of sports and reference books and three spoiled dogs, there are also three items hung on walls within my view. One is a framed Sports Illustrated cover from March 6, 1968. The headline reads, “LSU’s Pistol Pete – The Hottest Shot.” The cover features four action shots of late LSU guard “Pistol” Pete Maravich that frame a dominant picture of him getting instructions from his father Press, who was LSU’s basketball coach.  Full Story


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    Ron Higgins Bio

    •  Ron Higgins of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis has covered the SEC for more than 30 years.
       
    •  He’s a 1979 graduate of LSU and son of former LSU sports information director Ace Higgins.

    •  He is a past president of the Football Writers Association of America and an eight-time honoree as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Writer of the Year.

    •  Working for The Commercial Appeal, Tiger Rag Magazine, the Shreveport Times, the Shreveport Journal, the Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge and the Mobile Register, he has won more than 150 national, regional and state writing awards. He has also written and co-written two books.
         
    •  Higgins is married to the former Paige Blanchard, also an LSU graduate, and has two sons, Carl, a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate who is serving in the military, and Jack, a high school student.